Darren Gough on Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandaya :
Former England fast bowler Darren Gough said that everyone is going to play like Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya and that is going to be the future of batting in international cricket.
Watching the extremely amazing performance of Indian youngsters during the recently-concluded India vs England series, former fast bowler Darren Gough said that young players of India cricket team have set the example as to how batting will be evolving in upcoming decade. Gough’s comments come after Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya shown their tremendous performance with a 99-run partnership for the fifth wicket, after India were reduced to 157/4 in the third ODI in India vs England series on Sunday..
“In 10 years’ time, every player is going to play like that – Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya. So you better get used to it. That’s how everyone is going to play. You’ve seen the players – your Smith, Williamson, Root, who played according to the situation in certain extend… build an innings and expand right at the end with their strike rate,” Gough said on talkSPORT.
“But the future is already here – Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer… all these guys, that’s the way everyone is going to play in 15 years’ time. Some fantastic batting.”
Four wickets had fallen for 56 runs but Pant and Pandya blasted 99 runs in the next 11 overs. Partnership between Pandya and Pant was proved very important for India as their playing way was too extraordinary and improbable to be believed. Gough reckons this way of playing as future of cricket, and he is quite sure that different teams around the world will be imitating this practice in international cricket.
“India were disappointed when they went off with that score (329). That partnership between Pant and Pandya was so crucial for India, but the way they kept going was incredible. There were no nerves,” Gough added.
“Pant was still trying to sweep doing the ‘Dil Scoop’ over his head, or stepping across the stumps and flicking over square leg, Hardik Pandya hitting sixes galore… I mean, Pandya just stands still, strong base and backs himself to clear the future. The future… right there.”